Sunday, February 4, 2018

Glorious "Hymn of the Cherubim" by Tchaikovsky - Hauntingly Beautiful will Touch you Soul!

~Listen to this Beautiful Cherubic Hymn which is the primary cherubikon (Gr: χερουβικόν), or song of the angels, sung during every Divine Liturgy of the year. The Cherubic Hymn was added to the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom near the end of the sixth century. 
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Translation in English:
 "We, who mystically represent the Cherubim, And chant the thrice-holy hymn to the Life-giving Trinity, Let us set aside the cares of life That we may receive the King of all, Who comes invisibly escorted by the Divine Hosts." 
Lyrics in Greek:
Οἱ τὰ Χερουβεὶμ μυστικῶς εἰκονίζοντες,
καὶ τῇ ζωοποιῷ Τριάδι τὸν Τρισάγιον ὕμνον προσάδοντες,
πᾶσαν τὴν βιοτικὴν ἀποθώμεθα μέριμναν.
Ὡς τὸν Βασιλέα τῶν ὅλων ὑποδεξόμενοι,
ταῖς ἀγγελικαῖς ἀοράτως δορυφορούμενον τάξεσιν.
Ἀλληλούϊα, Ἀλληλούϊα, Ἀλληλούϊα.
Image Source : Google : 1854 Louis Janmot (French; 1814-92) 

Pope Francis at Angelus declares a "special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on February 23" - FULL TEXT + Video


St. Peter's Square
Sunday, February 4, 2018


Dear brothers and sisters, Good Morning!

This Sunday's Gospel continues the description of a day of Jesus in Capernaum, a Saturday, a weekly festival for the Jews (cf. Mk 1: 21-39). This time the evangelist Mark highlights the relationship between Jesus' healing activity and the awakening of faith in the people he meets. In fact, with the signs of healing that it accomplishes for the sick of all kinds, the Lord wants to arouse faith as a response.

The day of Jesus in Capernaum begins with the healing of Peter's mother-in-law and ends with the scene of the people of the whole town who are crowded in front of the house where he was staying, to bring him all the sick. The crowd, marked by physical suffering and spiritual miseries, constitutes, so to speak, "the vital environment" in which Jesus' mission is accomplished, made up of words and gestures that heal and console. Jesus did not come to bring salvation to a laboratory; he does not do the laboratory preaching, detached from the people: he is in the middle of the crowd! In the midst of the people! You think that most of Jesus' public life has passed on the road, among the people, to preach the Gospel, to heal physical and spiritual wounds. It is a humanity plagued by suffering, this crowd, of which the Gospel speaks many times. It is a humanity plagued by sufferings, labors and problems: this powerful humanity is directed by the powerful, liberating and renewing action of Jesus. Thus, in the midst of the crowd until late evening, the Sabbath ends. And what does he do next, Jesus?

Before dawn on the following day, He goes out unseen from the city gate and retires to a secluded place to pray. Jesus prays. In this way he also subtracts his person and his mission to a triumphalistic vision, which misunderstands the meaning of miracles and its charismatic power. In fact, miracles are "signs" that invite the response of faith; signs that are always accompanied by words, which illuminate them; and together, signs and words, provoke faith and conversion by the divine power of the grace of Christ.

The conclusion of today's passage (verses 35-39) indicates that Jesus's proclamation of the Kingdom of God finds its proper place in the street. To the disciples who are looking for him to bring him back to the city - the disciples went to visit him where he prayed and wanted to bring him back to the city - what does Jesus answer? "Let us go elsewhere, to the neighboring villages, so that I may preach there also" (v. 38). This was the path of the Son of God and this will be the path of his disciples. And it must be the path of every Christian. The road, as a place of the glad proclamation of the Gospel, places the mission of the Church under the sign of "going", of the journey, under the sign of "movement" and never of the stillness.

May the Virgin Mary help us to be open to the voice of the Holy Spirit, who urges the Church to place ever more her tent among the people to bring to everyone the healing word of Jesus, the doctor of souls and bodies.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

Yesterday, in Vigevano, the young Teresio Olivelli was proclaimed Blessed, killed for his Christian faith in 1945, in the concentration camp of Hersbruck. He gave witness to Christ in his love for the weakest and joins the long line of martyrs of the last century. His heroic sacrifice is a seed of hope and fraternity especially for the young.

Today is celebrated in Italy the Day for Life, which has as its theme "The gospel of life, joy for the world". I associate myself with the message of the Bishops and express my appreciation and encouragement to the different ecclesial realities that in many ways promote and sustain life, especially the Movement for Life, which I greet the exponents present here, not so numerous. And this worries me; there are not many people struggling for life in a world where every day more weapons are built, every day more laws are made against life, every day this culture of waste goes ahead, to discard what is not needed, what is bothering . Please pray for our people to be more aware of the defense of life in this moment of destruction and of humanity.

I wish to assure my closeness to the populations of Madagascar, recently hit by a strong cyclone, which has caused victims, displaced people and extensive damage. May the Lord comfort and support them.

And now an announcement. Faced with the tragic protracted situation in different parts of the world, I invite all the faithful to a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on February 23, the Friday of the First Week of Lent. We will offer it especially for the populations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan. As on other similar occasions, I also invite non-Catholic and non-Christian brothers and sisters to associate with this initiative in ways that they deem most appropriate, but all together. Our heavenly Father always listens to his children who cry out to him in pain and anguish, "heal the broken hearts and band their wounds" (Psalm 147.3) ). I address a heartfelt appeal because we too hear this cry and, each in his own conscience, before God, we ask ourselves: "What can I do for peace?". We can certainly pray; but not only: everyone can concretely say "no" to violence as much as it depends on him or her. Because the victories obtained through violence are false victories; while working for peace is good for everyone! I greet all of you, the faithful of Rome and pilgrims from Italy and various countries. I greet the group of the diocese of Cádiz and Ceuta (Spain), the students of the "Charles Péguy" College of Paris, the faithful of Sestri Levante, Empoli, Milan and Palermo, and the representation of the City of Agrigento, to whom I express my appreciation for the commitment to welcome and integrate migrants. Thank you! Thank you for what you do. A cordial greeting to the volunteers and collaborators of the "Fraterna Domus" association, which has been working in Rome for 50 years for welcoming and solidarity. A good Sunday to everyone. Please do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye!

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. February 4, 2018 - #Eucharist Readings + Video - 5th Ord. Time - B

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 74

Reading 1JB 7:1-4, 6-7

Job spoke, saying:
Is not man's life on earth a drudgery?
Are not his days those of hirelings?
He is a slave who longs for the shade,
a hireling who waits for his wages.
So I have been assigned months of misery,
and troubled nights have been allotted to me.
If in bed I say, "When shall I arise?"
then the night drags on;
I am filled with restlessness until the dawn.
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle;
they come to an end without hope.
Remember that my life is like the wind;
I shall not see happiness again.

Responsorial PsalmPS 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. (cf. 3a) Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.
Praise the LORD, for he is good;
sing praise to our God, for he is gracious;
it is fitting to praise him.
The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem;
the dispersed of Israel he gathers.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He tells the number of the stars;
he calls each by name.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
to his wisdom there is no limit.
The LORD sustains the lowly;
the wicked he casts to the ground.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.

Reading 21 COR 9:16-19, 22-23

Brothers and sisters:
If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast,
for an obligation has been imposed on me,
and woe to me if I do not preach it!
If I do so willingly, I have a recompense,
but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
What then is my recompense?
That, when I preach,
I offer the gospel free of charge
so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

Although I am free in regard to all,
I have made myself a slave to all
so as to win over as many as possible.
To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak.
I have become all things to all, to save at least some.
All this I do for the sake of the gospel,
so that I too may have a share in it.

AlleluiaMT 8:17

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon's mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left 
and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, "Everyone is looking for you."
He told them, "Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come."
So he went into their synagogues,
preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

Saint February 4 : St. Joseph of Leonessa : #Capuchin #Priest

8 January 1556 at Leonissa, Umbria, Italy
Saturday 4 February 1612 at Umbria, Italy
29 June 1746 by Pope Benedict XIV
CAPUCHIN, PRIESTIn the world named Eufranio Desiderio; born in 1556 at Leonessa in Umbria; died 4 February, 1612. From his infancy he showed a remarkably religious bent of mind; he used to erect little altars and spend much time in prayer before them, and often he would gather his companions and induce them to pray with him. Whilst yet a boy he used to take the discipline on Fridays in company with the confraternity of St. Saviour. He was educated by his uncle, who had planned a suitable marriage for him, but in his sixteenth year he fell sick of a fever, and on his recovery, without consulting his relative, he joined the Capuchin reform of the Franciscan Order. He made his novitiate in the convent of the Carcerelle near Assisi. As a religious he was remarkable for his great abstinence. "Brother Ass", he would say to his body, "there is no need to feed thee as a noble horse would be fed: thou must be content to be a poor ass." In 1599, the year before his Jubilee year, he fasted the whole year by way of preparation for gaining the indulgence. In 1587 he was sent by the Superior General of his order to Constantinople to minister to the Christians held captive there. Arrived there he and his companions lodged in a derelict house of Benedictine monks. The poverty in which the friars lived attracted the attention of the Turks, who went in numbers to see the new missionaries. He was very solicitous in ministering to the captive Christians in the galleys. Every day he went into the city to preach, and he was at length thrown into prison and only released at the intervention of the Venetian agent. Urged on by zeal he at last sought to enter the palace to preach before the Sultan, but he was seized and condemned to death. For three days he hung on the gallows, held up by two hooks driven through his right hand and foot; then he was miraculously released by an angel. Returning to Italy, he took with him a Greek archbishop who had apostatized, and who was reconciled to the Church on their arrival in Rome. Joseph now took up the work of home missions in his native province, sometimes preaching six or seven times a day. In the Jubilee year of 1600 he preached the Lent at Otricoli, a town through which crowds of pilgrims passed on their way to Rome. Many of them being very poor, Joseph supplied them with food; he also washed their clothes and cut their hair. At Todi he cultivated with his own hands a garden, the produce of which was for the poor. His feast is kept on 4 February throughout the Franciscan Order. He was canonized by Benedict XIV. Text Catholic Encyclopedia